“[This month] by a margin of 53-40 [. . .] [the] Senate [. . .] confirmed former federal judge Michael B. Mukasey as the 81st attorney general of the United States. Mukasey had outraged many lawmakers and human rights groups by repeatedly refusing to classify waterboarding, a simulated-drowning technique, as torture.
“What was not focused on [. . .] was the senators’ failure to find out what Judge Mukasey intends to do about rogue prosecutors within the Department of Justice [. . .] and how the damage they cause affects public confidence in the department and its mission.
“While Judge Mukasey’s answer on waterboarding may be important [. . .] of at least equal importance is whether Judge Mukasey would commit to taking strong disciplinary action against overzealous prosecutors. [. . .]
“A once obscure topic, prosecutorial abuse has gained prominence in the minds of many Americans as a result of the Duke lacrosse case, and the actions of the prosecutor, former District Attorney Mike Nifong.”
— Nathan Tabor, writing on “Rogue Prosecutors the Rule or the Exception?” Nov. 12 at TheConservativeVoice.com
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